Why You Should Always (Always) Pack a Face Mask

We used to think of face masks as a once-in-a-while beauty treat. That was before we brought one on a trip—it was the equivalent of packing a facialist in our suitcase. There’s no better way to help your skin adjust to a new climate and bounce back from traveling, especially if you’re jetsetting from one place to another this summer. We break down the ideal treatments based on where you may be headed for a getaway.

The Destination: Sedona, Arizona
The Face Mask Rx: That dry heat the Arizonans are always bragging about? At times it can be a smidge too dry. To counteract the effects of the moisture-sapping climate (and the stuffy plane air), toss Karuna’s Hydrating Treatment Mask into your carry-on. Perfect for travel, the single-use cloth employs a blend of antioxidants and aloe to keep skin hydrated, even in the middle of the desert.

The Destination: Bejing, China
The Face Mask Rx: We suggest buckling your seatbelt, because it’s about to get real for your skin. Bejing’s famously high levels of pollution mean there are free radicals from factory smoke and car exhaust constantly assaulting your complexion. (Obviously, the health implications are more hazardous, but right now we’re just talking skincare.) Pack ORIGINS Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask, which draws out pore-clogging impurities like a magnet, and washes off easily after just a few minutes.

The Destination: Costa Rica
The Face Mask Rx: Tropical climates mean sunny skies, colorful vegetation, and permission to sip frou-frou cocktails on the beach. They also often translate into sweltering temperatures and high humidity, which can send your skin’s oil production into overdrive. To unclog pores on your nose and cheeks, use Dr. Jart+ Blackhead Master Patch, which removes blemishes and tightens pores with ingredients like coral powder, sage, and tea tree oil.

The Destination: An Hour Outside City Limits
The Face Mask Rx: Even if you won’t be venturing far this summer, you can still squeeze in some complexion detoxing by toting Liz Earle’s Brightening Treatment Mask in your weekend bag. In just two minutes, the formula revitalizes dull skin with purifying white clay, so you can arrive at your seaside escape or quaint B&B with a bright, beaming complexion.

The Destination: A Staycation
The Face Mask Rx: In our humble opinion, taking a staycation is all about shameless beauty indulgences—the more time-consuming and elaborate, the better. Enter Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask. Don’t be put off by the jet-black cloth, even though your roommates or significant other might be—it makes you look like a bandit! (See our Brand Campaign Strategy Manager Laura Kilberg, above, for proof.) The formula purifies your skin and minimizes pores with Korean charcoal and spearmint extract. Our advice? Lie down, revisit some old episodes of Breaking Bad, and let the mask do all of the hard work for you.

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